2021/22 New York Knicks Player Power Rankings – Week 2

The Knicks went 2-1 the first week of the season, which normally I’d be excited about but they really should have beaten the Magic on Sunday. Still this is a fun team that is going to give most teams in the league a fight, they just have to work out a few kinks.
Rank Player Comments Last Weeks Rank
1 Randle, Julius By far the best player on the team and playing at an all-star level. Tried to do a little too much hero ball on Sunday. The Knicks have a ton of capable shooters now, he doesn’t have to do it all. 1
2 Barrett, RJ Barrett is doing that thing he did last season where he disappears in the first half and goes off in the second. Needs to be more consistent on offense, but his defense seems much improved. 2
3 Rose, Derrick I can’t believe it’s 2021 and Rose is playing at this level. His shot looks better than ever. 5
4 Robinson, Mitchell After not playing for almost 7 months and bulking up in the gym his conditioning seems to be much better than expected. Only took him 3 games to foul out, but he’s been a huge presense under the basket. 8
5 Fournier, Evan Fournier was huge in the first two games. Was a bit off in game 3, but so was just about everyone not named Rose. 4
6 Burks, Alec Burks isn’t getting as many minutes as last season and isn’t shooting as well but it’s early and I think he’ll bounch back. 7
7 Toppin, Obi Toppin is much improved from last season and has had a few stretches where he looked legit good. 9
8 Walker, Kemba A little concerning that Walker has posted a negative plus minus in every game, even one that the Knicks won by 25. Not really distributing or scoring very much. Shows flashes but very underwhelming so far. 3
9  Immanuel, Quickley Quickley looked pretty decent until game 3 where he looked like a disaster. 6
10  Gibson, Taj It’s so nice having a guy like Taj as a 3rd option at center. 2nd lately due to Noel being out. 10
11  Grimes, Quentin Looks OK in the limited time we’ve seen him. We’ll be seeing more due to all the games the Knicks will be blowing out their opponents, right? RIGHT? 12
12 Sims, Jericho Got to see Sims way earlier in the season than I expected, and by that I mean at all.
13 McBride, Miles Another garbage time standout. 13
14  Noel, Nerlens Coming back any time soon? Could use 48 minutes of elite defense under the basket. 11
15 Knox, Kevin Looks like the Charlie Ward curse won’t come to an end this season. 14

2021/22 New York Knicks Player Power Rankings – Week 1

Let’s take a look at what the Knicks roster looks like going into the first game of the season. This one was hard for the opposite of past years; the Knicks actually have a lot of good players. I usually have trouble after number 3 because the rest of the roster stinks, but now I have trouble because I think so many players are going to contribute.
Rank Player Comments Last Weeks Rank
1 Randle, Julius Randle was the best player on this team last season and I don’t see that changing this season. After his poor playoff performance I see him getting motivated and playing even better.
2 Barrett, RJ Nice year two jump for Barrett, I’m expecting a year three jump as well, the question is how big will it be.
3 Walker, Kemba The ceiling of this season rests on Kemba’s questionable knees. Let’s hope he has a couple more season left in them.
4 Fournier, Evan Going to lose a bit on defense, but Fournier can spread the floor and even handle the ball a bit.
5 Rose, Derrick Really nice having someone like Rose as insurance if Kemba goes down. Also great to have someone this talented to run the second unit. Also an injury concern but looked pretty sturdy last season.
6  Immanuel, Quickley If IQ takes a leap in year two the Knicks are all of a sudden pretty deep in the backcourt.
7 Burks, Alec This is a guy who can drop 20 on any given night and I have him ranked 7th. Wow things have changed.
8 Robinson, Mitchell What a pleasant surprise having Robinson ready to go for the season opener. Everyone in NY is hoping for a healthy season from the big man.
9 Toppin, Obi Obi looked pretty good in the preseason, and rumor is he’s been putting in a lot of work in the offseason. Hopefully his flashes in pre-season carries into the regular season.
10  Gibson, Taj Taj showed in preseason that there’s still gas left in the tank. Great to have a 3rd option at center that can hold his own when needed.
11  Noel, Nerlens Noel has been injured all preseason and will miss game 1, I’m not too worried but if he’s not playing by next week that’ll change.
12  Grimes, Quentin At first I thought McBride would get playing time over Grimes but Grimes played in crunch time in the last preseason game against the Wizards and looked pretty good.
13 McBride, Miles Probably won’t see much of McBride unless there are a few injuries, might be a good idea to give him some G-League run.
14 Knox, Kevin Knox looks like he puts in effort, unfortunately for him he’s at best the 3rd option in every position he can play.
15 Selden Jr. Wayne Looks like Wayne got the last roster spot. He’ll probably get even less run than Knox.

2019/20 New York Knicks Player Power Rankings – Week 3

Three games, three different starting lineups, three losses. The Knicks are now 1-6. Lets see who is playing well and who isn’t.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Barrett, RJ Barrett is the only player on this roster that hasn’t been a disappointment so far. I guess Fizdale feels the same way, he’s played JR 39 and 41 minutes the last two games. 1
2 Morris, Marcus Slow start to the season but had very good games against the Celtics and Kings. Maybe this’ll be the start of a nice run for him. 3
3 Robinson, Mitchell Robinson only had one foul against the Magic, but for some reason only played 19 minutes. Fizdale is making some weird decisions. 4
4 Portis, Bobby Portis looked decent the two games he came off the bench. When he started against the Kings he looked terrible. 6
5 Knox, Kevin Every time I get excited about Knox he has a game like he did against the Kings. At least he’s showing some signs of improvement. 5
6 Randle, Julius Randle has been a big disappointment so far. He’s been getting a lot of assist, but has a ton of turnovers and surprisingly has had two straight games in which he scored 8 points. I think he’ll be much better when Payton comes back as playing point forward is clearly not working. 2 Continue reading

2019-20 Standings Predictions

In Episode 474 and episode 475 we made some predictions. I’m posting them here so you can laugh at us later.

Jay’s Picks

Eastern Conference
1. Milwaukee Bucks
2. Philadelphia 76ers
3. Boston Celtics
4. Indiana Pacers
5. Brooklyn Nets
6. Toronto Raptors
7. Orlando Magic
8. Miami Heat
9. Detroit Pistons
10. Chicago Bulls
11. Atlanta Hawks
12. New York Knicks
13. Cleveland Cavaliers
14. Washington Wizards
15. Charlotte Hornets

 Western Conference
1. Denver Nuggets
2. Los Angeles Clippers
3. Houston Rockets
4. Utah Jazz
5. Oklahoma City Thunder
6. San Antonio Spurs
7. Golden State Warriors
8. Sacramento Kings
9. Los Angeles Lakers
10. Portland Trailblazers
11. New Orleans Pelicans
12. Minnesota Timberwolves
13. Phoenix Suns
14. Dallas Mavericks
15. Memphis Grizzlies

Marc’s Picks

Eastern Conference
1. Milwaukee Bucks
2. Philadelphia 76ers
3. Indiana Pacers
4. Miami Heat
5. Boston Celtics
6. Toronto Raptors
7. Brooklyn Nets
8. Detroit Pistons
9. Orlando Magic
10. New York Knicks
11. Charlotte Hornets
12. Atlanta Hawks
13. Washington Wizards
14. Chicago Bulls
15. Cleveland Cavaliers

Western Conference
1. Denver Nuggets
2. Houston Rockets
3. Los Angeles Clippers
4. Utah Jazz
5. Golden State Warriors
6. Los Angeles Lakers
7. San Antonio Spurs
8. Portland Trailblazers
9. Sacramento Kings
10. Dallas Mavericks
11. Minnesota Timberwolves
12. Oklahoma City Thunder
13. Memphis Grizzlies
14. New Orleans Pelicans
15. Phoenix Suns